A doula typically supports a woman going through pregnancy and labor. Now, you can get a doula to help you through an abortion too.
It's a controversial subject that divides many of us, yet one undeniable fact is that it can be a very isolating and difficult experience for a woman. Now, an emerging movement offers support through these difficult times: The Doula Project provides doulas for abortions and can "help explain the procedure, provide a caring touch that doctors cannot." Currently, the program consists of 20 volunteers who operate at a hospital in New York (they have not released the name of the hospital). One abortion doula told Jezebel: "Many of these women probably don't have health insurance or don't know they have options under the law. Many of the women are under familial pressure and most of them are forced to go through the procedure alone."
They perform typical doula tasks like holding the patient's hand, stroking their hair and talking with them. So far, the program has assisted in 500 abortions, even late-term ones. The doulas have 20 hours of clinical training and are present before and after (not during) the procedure.
If your hospital offered you a doula for birth or abortions, would you use one?